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Sullivan grand jury hands down indictments

Kacie Dingus Breeding • Feb 19, 2008 at 12:00 AM

BLOUNTVILLE — A Sullivan County grand jury handed down indictments Tuesday against defendants accused of aggravated assaults, robberies or burglaries, drug possession and simple thefts. Although there was no information available on any sealed indictments, 11 defendants’ indictments became public record:

• Bobby Lee Harr, 25, 638 Walnut Hill Road, Bristol, Tenn., was indicted Tuesday on a felony failure to appear charge alleging he missed an Oct. 22 court date in connection to a March 16, 2007, hit-and-run involving his employer’s truck while he was on work release. On the date he’s accused of missing court, he allegedly sold stolen copper to Kingsport Iron and Metal. He was also indicted last week on burglary, theft and vandalism charges. He remains jailed on $100,000 bond.

• Dusty L. Bragg, 52, 2544 Hawaii St., Kingsport, was indicted on charges of aggravated robbery and theft over $1,000. He is accused of robbing the secretary of Homeland Baptist Church at knifepoint then stealing her 1999 Nissan Quest from the parking lot. He was on either probation or parole for other offenses at that time, Kingsport Police Department Detective Cpl. Frank Light said in December after Bragg’s arrest.

• Michael Ray Chambers, 52, reportedly a homeless Kingsport resident, was indicted on charges of aggravated assault, evading arrest and resisting arrest. He was tasered by Kingsport police on Aug. 21 after allegedly threatening officers with a large wooden stick when they arrived at First Community Bank, 444 E. Center St., to investigate a complaint accusing Chambers of exposing himself, yelling and waving the stick in the parking lot.

• John Robert Busby, 26, 714 Haynes St., Bristol, Tenn., was indicted on charges of aggravated domestic assault and vandalism under $500. A woman he’d been living with for about two weeks will require reconstructive surgery after he hit her in the eye at least three times and her left eye socket collapsed, according to an affidavit filed Nov. 11. He also allegedly broke two of the woman’s cell phones and broke a window. She had apparently slammed his fingers in a door.

• Sheanna R. Chapman, 22, 1816 Park St., Kingsport, was indicted on charges of aggravated burglary, vandalism, evidence tampering, introduction of cocaine into a penal institution, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of cocaine. During a strip search at the city jail, Chapman allegedly hid a lighter, a glass pipe and crack cocaine in certain areas and had to be transported to Holston Valley Medical Center for their removal. She is also charged in connection with a May 6, 2007, vehicle theft.

• Gordie Lee Stevens Sr., 53, 738 Oasis Drive, Greeneville, was indicted on Bristol charges alleging possession of one-half gram or more of a substance containing cocaine for resale, possession of Schedule II drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia, and a seat belt law violation. He also has been charged in Sullivan County with DUI, possession of Schedule II drugs and drug paraphernalia, and felony evading and resisting arrest. He was released on $100,000 bond on Oct. 23.

• Johnthy James Greene, 23, 862 Dale St., Kingsport, was indicted on charges of possession of over one-half gram of cocaine for resale, possession of over one-half ounce of marijuana for resale, and maintaining a dwelling where controlled substances are used or sold. Kingsport vice officers arrested Greene after he allegedly met a woman outside Krispy Kreme, 719 E. Center St., to exchange drugs for money. A search of his home consequent to his arrest led to more drug charges.

• Chunder Porshae Porambo, 27, 241 Louis St., Kingsport, was indicted on charges of theft over $1,000.

• Jessica Riley, 22, 1654 Pierce St., was indicted on a charge of theft under $500. A woman at 1109 Dorothy St. alleged she awoke to find Riley and a man in her home. They asked her for some Tylenol, the woman told a Kingsport vice officer, and she told them to leave. They allegedly stole her checkbook and used it to make purchases.

• Nathan Eric McNew, 24, 867 West Carters Valley Road, Lot 8, was indicted after turning himself in on Aug. 16 to answer a theft charge alleging he test drove a purple 1996 Ford Mustang from McMeans Motors, 3805 Fort Henry Drive on Aug. 15, the day before the vehicle was involved in a 3:30 a.m. fatality on Interstate 26. He also faces drug and driving offenses in connection with an Oct. 17, 2007, traffic stop.

• Wesley Drake Blevins, 35, 182 Holston Drive, Bluff City, was indicted on charges of violation of habitual motor offender law, registration violation, and no proof of insurance after an Oct. 8, 2007, traffic stop in Bluff City.

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